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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Aurora is a private university located in Aurora, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,461 undergraduate students. The Aurora acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 53% of students, Aurora alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,600.
About Aurora University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Address
347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Website
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Aurora University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$17,848/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$15,909/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.47 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,461Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
472
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Involved students, supportive staff, successful
    39%
  • Average
    15%
  • Student-Athlete
    15%
  • Bored
    12%
  • Intelligent
    9%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Terrible. Third rate teachers. Waste of money.
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
52%
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.63 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Comfortable, inclusive, driven for success
    65%
  • Relaxed
    19%
  • Small. Boring. Can't wait to graduate.
    8%
  • Stress. confused. want to cry.
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
97%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
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I visited several universities before making my decision and the staff at AU really made my experience there stand out in a good way, so that's where I went. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The professors really put in the time and effort to show us that they really cared about us as students and also cared about us being successful after we graduated. There are plenty of student organizations to join--both academic as well as social, sports team if you want to play, art, music, whatever you want to do. I always felt like a person and not a number. I ditched class one day because I was tired and my professor actually contacted me to make sure everything was OK. I did an internship during my senior year, and then they hired me right when I graduated. And, the campus is absolutely beautiful! Most buildings are new and kept up very well.
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AU wasn’t my 1st option school.. or even my 10th. Actually, I was so anti-AU that I was considering every other school, even super religious ones (which is interesting b/c I'm not very religious). AU didn't fit my perception of what college is supposed to be like; a big school in warm weather & far away from home. Well, PLOT TWIST! I chose AU b/c it's affordable. After my 1st week of classes, I let really myself experience the school -- w/o any judgements. The moment I started identifying all the positives at AU was the moment I started to love this university. The campus is gorgeous & well maintained, the staff goes above & beyond to help students, the community is so welcoming, & student-life is thriving. Everyone here is truly amazing! After having completed 1 semester here & getting involved in all that my schedule prevails, I have no regrets on choosing this university as the one to complete my degree at. I love the atmosphere, the education offered, & all the opportunities! :)
The professors are supportive and bright. Most spent plenty of time fostering my academic and professional growth. The English department circa 2016, my graduation year, was superb.

Socially, I didn’t feel as if AU was the best undergraduate college experience. I was a commuter student who went to class and then straight to work so this may have been self-imposed to a degree.

Pros: The campus is beautiful.
The library is a great resource as are your professors.
Most people are friendly.
Financial aid is plentiful.

Cons: Academics are not competitive.
There is not much of a “college experience” here.
The food is subpar.
AU is on the smaller side, so there are not many classes to choose from. At times you are forced to enroll in courses you have little to no interest in.

My experience was what I expected it would be having chosen the school based on scholarship. It was not a bad place to attend college, but it was also not a noteworthy four years for me.